The intertwinement of life and provenance.

A piece of art with a fascinating story can be sold for a staggering $100 millions… Phew!!!

This dawn on me as I recently won tickets to the Victoria & Albert Museum. I decided to do some ‘digging’ – digging for art treasures!

I have always wondered why art works at auction houses such as Sotheby’s can be sold for a cool $100,000,000.00 or more.

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More importantly, why would anyone spend such an amount on a piece crafted, painted, sculpted or drawn in a dinghy workshop some 500 years ago.

I realised that this happenstance is due to the laws of scarcity, perhaps only a few of this works were commissioned by the ‘landed gentry’ or royals of the past. Perhaps, only few survived the wars and looting of such artefacts in the pasts. My fascination is that art has always been valuable throughout the ages and hence the very rich bourgeois and powerful have always seek to acquire those unique pieces of arts and antiquities to add to their collections.

This led me to discover the meaning of the word provenance. In regards to arts, it is the record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.

Provenance allows us to see (to value) things differently when we hear the story behind the art, or the painting or who has had ownership of such a vintage piece of art in the past. This allows the value to change in our minds. An authentic story with provenance is what changes the value of a piece of art or a family heirloom.

Authenticity, stories, dynasty connectivity, royal ownership and historical timelines are the ingredients for the reasons why the handiworks of the long-forgotten artist such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso can be sold for millions, and millions of dollars over a mobile device, bought by new money from Asia or North America.

A piece of porcelain such as below makes time travel possible by understanding the genesis of a piece of handiwork. It helps to connect to the histories, cultures and adventures of the past years or centuries.

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Photo of Samson Slaying a Philistine, Giambologna, 1560-1562, Italy. Museum no. A.7-1954. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Photo of ‘The Miraculous Draught of Fishes’, Raphael, 1515 – 16. On loan from HM Queen Elizabeth II; rcin 912944, (Luke 5:1-11)

Provenance also intertwined with our lives as individuals, by alluding to what value we place on our own history and heritage. Our true authenticity must be brought to the surface for us to be valued as we rightly should.

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I am looking forward to visiting the V&A Museum over the summer, it’s been ages since I visited such an institution.

Have a nice weekend…

https://www.vam.ac.uk/

 

 

 

Football: a unifying game @30,000 feet.

I am writing this blog from the comfort of my seat at 35,000 feet whisking across the Sahara desert enjoying a classic display from #HalaMadrid vs #ForzaJuve. It’s very funny how a football game can become an ice-breaker amongst strangers. I am chatting to other fellas on the plane I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to share camaraderie and a laugh with (and later sharing business cards).

Sports (football) in general brings out alot of emotions, we are all clapping and cheering on the players on this non-bi-partisan aeroflot. Football (soccer) is a sport accessible to every child all over the world, I think that is why they call it the ‘beautiful game‘.  I am a passive Chelsea fan – congratulations to the EPL champion this season, perhaps I will be writing my next football blog from a Russian city in next year #worldcup – Russia2018, supporting England and all African teams through the stages.

Enjoy a summer fest of sports from Wimbledon to the IAAF championship to the NBA Finals..

Have a great sporting summer.

Dubai, Lagos, Dubai…

Let the adventure begins I’ll say. I’m switching off from the hustle and bustle of daily life in central London. I want to cool down my nerves with some real authentic cuisines, some tropical breeze, some necessary vitamin D on the skin, and also to marvel at the increasing architectural skyscrapers of Dubai​ that has shoot up from the desert in the last 30 years (a vision to turn a deserted desert into an important tourism hub in the world. I think they have succeeded, as I watched with bemusement of different languages filling the air. It got me thinking, how would my vision impact the world positively as they have done here through job creation and other benefits for the populace.

Research has concluded that it is not the length of duration or the destination itself that is good for our well-being, but rather the anticipation of the impending travels. It helps to shift our minds from the mundane, the school runs etc.

It allows us to behold the beauty of the universe and creatures accustomed to different regions and climates of the world.

What am I saying? I’m saying go ahead and booked that trip, either a solo trip, with friends or family. It doesn’t have to involve air bounds, it could be a road trip to the next city.

Have you noticed that the very wealthy spending habits has declined on material things, rather they will go on expensive hols to re-charge their batteries, connect with like-minded people and more importantly to create great memories for their friends and families.

I wish you a great summer ahead.

Enjoy! 🙂

Ladies shoes…

I must have been dozing off when I reluctantly said Yes to the special one, yes as in I will follow her to the shops to buy another pair of shoes, yet again. I said, can’t you find a pair out of all the shoes neatly packed in their boxes in the attic. This time she’s looking for a pair that will match the turquoise blue ‘Gele’ (African headscarf) to go with her attire.

We eventually ended up at that fancy store off Sloane Street – a celebrity hangouts. Whilst there, I decided to take pictures of these lovely shoes.

Now I know why ladies love shoes more than their hubbies… Enjoy!

The Power of Affirmations

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Alexis Wilder Founder & Owner of: Fat NO Fear Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Health & Fitness Writer It’s never easy to make a big change in hopes of becoming a better self (if it was, we’d all be in amazing shape, be CEOs, have perfect health, never feel anxious, and have found […]

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Rolling in the deep… thanks Adele!

Great track from Adele… loved this track back then.

I believe I possess some admirable qualities such as perseverance, ingenuity, hardwork (as we say in London, I’m a grafter mate or a hustler). These strengths also exposed some vulnerabilities in me to be honest. I don’t have a term to ascribe to it, but I’ll try. I realized that I like to have 100% control over a situation and usually falters when I have only a 40 – 50% input to contribute – the missing half can lead to stress and headaches, not to talk of heartaches!

This brings me to the subject of stress. Stress is a silent killer that has been well documented in medical journals. Stress can hide under a fit body composition (32″ waist, shredded torso, tanned skin or those perfect glutes on instagram). It can hide under those perfect smiles, hiding under the chassis of that F-type red Jaguar whilst cruising on the country lanes – oh boy! I can dream.

Whilst creativity and perseverance are good traits, learning to reduce stress and handle trigger points are vital to our long-term health and well-being.

Please kindly refer to the link below for further information if needed and I will very much welcome your feedback on how you handle stress in your lives.

http://www.stepsforstress.org/